With an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday, the KC Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to a two year deal. He will still have another year of arbitration remaining before becoming a free agent in 2018.
Hosmer will make a total of $13.9 million over the next two seasons: $5.65 million this season and $8.25 million in 2016.
Hosmer was originally asking for $6.7 million, with the Royals offering $4.6 million. What Hosmer will make in 2015 is the midpoint.
Hosmer won back-to-back Gold Gloves at first base, but has yet to put it altogether offensively in the big leagues. He will need to be a huge reason why the Royals succeed in 2015.
GM Dayton Moore still has not gone to an arbitration hearing in his Royals tenure (though this time it was close).